Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Defeating Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Without Drugs

Please join us on Tuesday February 21st, 2012 at 4pm pacific as we host Terry Wahls, MD for a webinar entitled “UP from the Chair:  Defeating Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Without Drugs.”

We are privileged to have Dr. Terry Wahls as a presenter at Hawthorn University.  In 2003 Dr. Wahls was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. Her body ravaged by secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, Dr. Terry Wahls spent nearly four years dependent upon a tilt-recline wheelchair.  Now, thanks to the intensive, directed nutrition and neuromuscular electrical stimulation protocols she developed, Dr. Wahls now rides her bicycle to work.

Dr. Wahls will tell us the compelling story of how she recovered from debilitating, progressive multiple sclerosis using food as her primary medicine.  She'll discuss her struggles to find meaning as she became dependent, and her rediscovery of basic science leading to an unexpected outcome from self-experimentation. She will also discuss her current research with others using the Wahls Protocol™.

"Hoping to find something to arrest my descent into becoming bedridden, I used PubMed.gov to begin searching the scientific articles about the latest multiple sclerosis research. Night after night, I relearned biochemistry, cellular physiology, and neuroimmunology to understand the articles. Unfortunately, most of the studies were testing drugs that were years away from FDA approval. Then it occurred to me to search for vitamins and supplements that helped any kind of progressive brain disorder. Slowly I created a list of nutrients important to brain health and began taking them as supplements. The steepness of my decline slowed, for which I was grateful, but I still was declining. "In the fall of 2007, I had an important epiphany. What if I redesigned my diet so that I was getting those important brain nutrients not from supplements but from the foods I ate? It took more time to create this new diet, intensive directed nutrition, which I designed to provide optimal nutrition for my brain. At that time, I also learned about neuromuscular electrical stimulation and convinced my physical therapist to give me a test session. The results stunned my physician, my family and me: within a year, I was able to walk through the hospital without a cane and even complete an 18-mile bicycle tour. Getting my life back was a gift I did not believe was possible."

Dr. Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.A., where she teaches internal medicine residents in their primary care clinics.  She also runs clinical research and have published over 60 peer-reviewed scientific abstracts, posters and papers. She has brought together an interdisciplinary team to conduct clinical trials using intensive, directed nutrition and neuromuscular electrical stimulation to combat advanced Parkinson's disease and secondary and primary progressive multiple sclerosis. She is also committed to helping the public learn about the connection between the foods we eat and the health we have or do not have and lectures nationally and regionally on the use of intensive, directed nutrition to restore health.  The Food as Medicine lecture series hosted by the Kirkwood Community College and New Pioneer Food Cooperative has transformed the lives of many people.  Terry lives in Iowa City with her spouse, Jackie, and has two children.

She is the author of: "Minding My Mitochondria 2nd Edition: How I overcame secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) and got out of my wheelchair."  She also has many CD's on Food as Medicine and on the use of dietary intervention and neuromuscular electric stimulation. Her websites are:  www.terrywahls.com  and www.mindingmymitochondria.com

Fifty percent of the profits from the sales of the lecture DVDs and audio CDs is used to support clinical research in the area of nutrition, meditation, massage, exercise and neuromuscular electrical stimulation in the setting of progressive multiple sclerosis.

To participate online and to view the webinar click here and follow the online registration instructions: